Self-Reflection - Olga Botea English 200 03/09/2011...

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Olga Botea English 200 03/09/2011 Self-Reflection I feel that as this English 200 class has progressed through the semester, I have made large strides forward within my own writing. It is not only that my grades have been gradually improving, but also that I have begun to feel at ease when writing analytical papers; I am more used to writing creative fiction and poetry so it took a little time to readjust my mindset. Reading Chapter 14 in A Practical Introduction to Literary Study by James S. Brown and Scott D. Yar- brough was rather helpful in assisting me to enforce the analytical and straightforward mindset necessary to writing an academic essay. There were many pieces of advice that I had prior knowledge of, but seeing those ideas so bluntly put to text was refreshing. For example when James S. Brown and Scott D. Yarbrough write “if the essay you need to write is “on your mind,” you may find that ideas come to you when you’re driving, cooking, or exercising” (104). I found myself enthusiastically nodding my head: yes. Also “good writing [. ..] forces us to develop our ideas more fully and to organize them more systematically than we otherwise would” (101). Over however many weeks this course has been ongoing, I have been attempting to improve in organizing my thoughts and I think I have
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